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About Il Palio
Il Palio is an intimate restaurant in the Siena Hotel. We strive to emulate the best of the great Italian tradition of hospitality and quality at the table and in the glass. Our vision is simple – use the best local and Italian ingredients as purely as possible and serve them with comfort and pride. We cook as an Italian might in North Carolina.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Dinner: - Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm;
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private dining and meeting space available from 2 - 200. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: email@example.com
Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining available to up to 100 guests. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ballroom at The Siena Hotel is beautifully appointed with natural light and can set up to 100 and receptions up to 150. It can also be split into two smaller rooms. The Terrace Room off of Il Palio is also available for events of up to 36 people.
Il Palio Ratings and Reviews
The service was very good. The waiters and waitress were friendly. I had certain food issues and the chef was able to give me what I wanted. The pasta was very good and I was able to get it gluten, dairy, and sugar free including the sauce. Very expressive.
We have been here frequently and always have a wonderful experience. My wife has a gluten allergy and they are always accommodating to her needs, while still maintaining a wonderful quality to the food. Service is fantastic and the atmosphere is fantastic. A wonderful place for a romantic dinner!
We were disappointed with the inconsistency in the Valentine Day prix fixe menu as our prior dining experiences at Il Palio have been excellent. For the first course, our waitress recommended the beef carpaccio, which was excellent, but the roasted garlic-anchovy dressing lacked flavor and simply overwhelmed the castelfranco radicchio. The second course gnocchi and spaghetti di gragnano with littleneck clams were excellent dishes. For the third course, the smoked ribeye with horseradish gremolata was a bit overcooked but tasty. The pork chop was replaced with a wood grilled lamb chop, which was not a quality cut as there was more fat on the bone than meat; this was the case even when I received a second lamb chop. The chocolate and espresso copetta was very good but the baba rhum was forgettable. We deferred to our waitress for wine selections and her recommendations for white and red wines by the glass were "spot on". Although we will dine again at Il Palio, our Valentine Day dining experience did not live up to the restaurant's AAA Four Diamond rating.
Amazing! The real deal- best service at both the fabulous bar and in the restaurant. Everyone was from Italy just like you find in the North End in Boston and Chicago!
We had grilled ciabatta bread with a sundried tomato topping and whipped ricotta - best we have ever had with honey in a honey comb on the side. Then an incredible radicchio salad- then pasta with bacon and a creamy tomato sauce - worth going for just this dish - i think its worth the trip from Cary just for that dish! Then grilled swordfish that melted in your mouth- a cheese plate and the best panna cotta over a grilled pear with homemade ice cream and biscotti..,, the best service and recommendations - ask for the recommendations! Wine was very pricey- I’m looking into
The corking fee for next time!
We had a lovely table. The waiter was very attentive but discreet. This was a special occasion for us and the experience made it even more so. The food was delightful and there was no rush we were left to eat and take our time. I enjoy dinning out and enjoy the experience. I do not want to be rushed and this was not
Thank you for a lovely evening.
Massimo was the server. He was a real Italian man. He told us what wine paired well with beef. Service was fast. They gave me a gelato with a candle for my birthday. I would go back. Don’t know why I waited so long to eat here after living in Chapel Hill for so many years.
We were celebrating a birthday and the menus had Happy Birthday printed at the top. The wait staff was excellent and very helpful. One member of our group had a family emergency and arrived late and they accommodated her and made sure that her meal arrived timely with the other meals. The food was very good and the menu appealed to many levels of appetite.
Absolutely, the best gluten free pasta I've had in 14 years since being diagnosed with celiac disease. With our Italian server, Massimo, my wife and felt we were back visiting Florence. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance, and save room for the homemade gelato!!
Our visit was for Thanksgiving. We have eaten here before for Thanksgiving and were pleased. This year, the food was fair, which was disappointing since the cost of meal was $70 per person. The salad which I asked to have the dressing on the side was overly dressed in a creamy dressing, the short rib (which is a fatty cut of meat) was overly fatty sitting in a creamy polenta. I was disappointed. We don't mind paying for a good meal but thought this was not a good value for the price.
I took my adult son, who is gluten intolerant, here for Thanksgiving. Our waiter was very personable and helpful. His food and wine recommendations were right on target, and the chefs outdid themselves. Wonderful experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner- the set menu of various items per 4 courses was excellent as we do not like to go to buffets for special days like Thanksgiving. Our waiter was exceptional and service overall was terrific.
Great food, great service, great restaurant.
We had perfect evening and dinner at Il Palio. Our party of four ordered four different entrees--all of them were delicious The pasta special with shaved white truffles was exquisite. Chef Teddy Diggs has taken this restaurant to new heights, and we will be back often. Thank you, Il Palio.
We had dined previously at Il Palio and had a fabulous meal so we were quite surprised by the quality of service and food on this visit. The server got one of our entree orders entirely wrong (he brought the wrong pasta) and another entree, a ribeye steak for two, was overdone (we had ordered medium-rare, the steak was much, much closer to medium) and was also quite over-salted. Of the three pasta dishes we ordered, only the gnocchi were superlative; both the tonarelli and the paccheri were disappointing (the tonarelli was too rich, the paccheri accompanied by guanciale that tasted more like fried pork rind than guanciale). The restaurant did correct the pasta order and comped the incorrect order, but it did mean that one diner in our party was without her meal while the others were eating. Not what we had in mind for a birthday celebration, and given both the cost and our expectations, a big disappointment.
Some of the items, like the chicken liver mousse and baccala bruschetta, were perfect. Same for the service. Massimo was great! Other items, like the pasta amatricianna, octopus, and dessert, were not. Something has changed. We have gone to this restaurant over the last 20+ years for special occasions and celebrations. Sadly, this will be our last visit.
Fantastic Italian food in an understated but cozy atmosphere. Il Palio nails what Italian cuisine is about: a laser focus on ingredients with elegance and simplicity. This restaurant exceeded my expectations with its food (the raddichio salad and ragu bolognese come to mind) and excellent service (and very lovely red wine list). I look forward to returning.
Best meal we have had in years! Creative and inspired cuisine by the newish chef made every mouthful amazing. From bread to desert, we were in awe. They have GF option for pasta and even had a vegetarian dish. There was a bit too much cheese on some things so I will ask next time for that on the side. We had eggplant dish and the octopus with squid ink pasta. Polenta side dish and broccoli, then chocolate desert with edible flowers. All was fabulous!
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